The Defense Mission [fr]
The Defense Mission has regional competence on Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
It is headed by the Defence Attaché, military counsellor to the Ambassador, who represents the Ministry of Defence within the diplomatic mission and to the military authorities of the two countries of accreditation.
In Kenya, he is also responsible for promoting bilateral military relations and for leading military cooperation actions mainly based on peace-keeping training and on French teaching within the military.
In the field of cooperation, his instructions come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since october 2002, French is being taught at the Armed Forces School of Higher Education (AFSHE). A French national has been appointed to support these linguistic efforts of the Kenyan military. There are about 50 army students learning French each year.
The French National Marine has a priviledged place in military co-operation with Kenya, and is present, through port calls, around three times a year and organizes, during departures of ships, joint exercices with the Kenyan Navy known as "PASSEX".